RP Motorsport confirm Baptista, Cecotto

Formula 3.5 V8 debutants RP Motorsport have confirmed their driver line-up for the 2016 season, with 2015 EuroFormula Open champion Vitor Baptista and GP2 Series veteran Johnny Cecotto Jr being announced.

Brazilian teenager Baptista won the EuroFormula Open championship with the Italian outfit last season, and continues his alliance with RP into a second season having tested with the team in all pre-season tests to date.

Venezuelan Cecotto is the most experienced driver in the history of GP2, having racked up 114 starts since his debut in the series back in 2009, and has four race wins in the category, the most recent being the sprint race in Austria in 2014.

Cecotto had believed his career to be over ahead of the 2015 season after failing to secure the necessary funding from the Venezuelan government that had help pay his way in motorsport up until that point, but still made appearances in GP2 with Hilmer Motorsport, Carlin and Trident last year, and now finds himself in Formula V8 3.5 full time with the team that gave him a test last week at the Circuit de Catalunya.

RP Motorsport’s confirmation of Baptista and Cecotto leaves only Strakka Racing, Durango and Comtec Racing to confirm their drivers, while Teo Martin Motorsport still have to announce their second driver to partner Yu Kanamaru.